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Winner of Tasting Blind Club swaps analytics for Australia

Photo: Kimberley Low / Wine Australia
10 Jul 2018
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The winner of Wine Australia’s Tasting Blind Club 2017–18 is Hannah Aldgate, a wine and data analytics professional, who joined the wine trade two years ago.

Hannah Aldgate, Quality Assurance Advisor at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), was crowned ‘Tasting Blind Club Champion 2017–18’ after topping the leaderboard of Wine Australia’s blind tasting competition.

For ten days in October Hannah will be swapping analytics for Australia. Her prize, a trip to Australia, will include visits to Tasmania, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and the Yarra Valley.   

Hanna Aldgate (Image supplied)

Following a move from finance to the wine industry two years ago, Hannah discovered Tasting Blind Club whilst studying for the WSET Level 4 Diploma at WSET School London. Hannah said:

“I went along after a recommendation from a colleague and kept going back as it was good fun, a chance to practise blind tasting and meet others in the trade. Tasting Blind Club opened my eyes to the diversity of Australia’s grape varieties and wine styles, flights featured everything from cool climate Chardonnay to juicy Dolcetto.” 

This will be Hannah’s first trip to Australia and she is looking forward to experiencing first-hand what she has learnt through her wine studies and at Tasting Blind Club. Hannah said:

After a bold move leaving finance and joining the wine industry, this is a huge step forward for me and I’m sure the trip will have a very positive impact on my career. It will be a great opportunity to discover more about Australia and meet the producers, and I’m looking forward to learning about their different approaches to winemaking.”

Tasting Blind Club, held at The Australia Centre in London, showcases a diverse range of up to 20 Australian wines, which are divided into flights and tasted blind along with a quiz sheet.

Around 70 trade professionals attend every month: sommeliers, on- and off-trade specialists, educators, students and media. Past winners include Julia Lambeth of South London Wine School (2016–17), Adam Wander of WanderCurtis Wines (2015–16) and Gareth Ferreira at Core by Clare Smyth (2014–15).

The new season of Tasting Blind Club starts on Monday 10 September 2018.

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